‘Slow Burn’ Spinoff ‘One Year’ Podcast Set At Slate

Twitter Opens Up Spaces Feature For Users With 600 Followers

Social media platform Twitter Inc. (TWTR) said that all of its users having 600 or more followers can now host the platform’s live audio conversation feature Spaces.

The company said that it arrived at the decision after testing the Spaces feature among chosen users. This live audio feature was introduced by Twitter in 2020.

When the account holders create Spaces, they can host live conversations with their followers or visitors to their account.

Commenting on the development, Twitter said, “Based on what we’ve learned so far, these accounts are likely to have a good experience hosting live conversations because of their existing audience.”

In addition to opening up Spaces, the company is going further to introduce additional features like ‘Ticketed Spaces’, scheduling, co-hosting, setting reminders, more block labels+ warnings and improved captions.

With ‘Ticketed Spaces’, hosts of live audio conversations will get rewarded for the experiences they generate by securing monetary gains, while offering listeners exclusive access to the live conversations they are interested in.

The company said it will later allow the hosts to sell tickets for their live conversation on Spaces. The followers can decide on the prices and the number of tickets to be sold.

Sam Masaru Sekoff Joins Range Media Partners

Sam Masaru Sekoff, formerly a Television Literary agent at The Gersh Agency, has joined Range Media Partners as a manager. Sekoff spent 5 years at The Gersh Agency, starting in the mailroom before being promoted to Agent at the end of 2018. The Japan-born, Florida-bred Sekoff has focused on fostering and advocating for underrepresented and marginalized artists.

“It’s a true honor to be working alongside such well respected and accomplished colleagues who are at the forefront of the evolution of representation,” Sekoff said. “I look forward to continuing to champion artists and provide the highest level of representation across all avenues in this new role.”

In his time at Gersh, Sekoff helped broker overall and first-look deals at HBO and Blumhouse, sold development to Amazon, HBO, HBO Max, Netflix and had clients working on such series as In TreatmentLa BreaRick & MortySchitt’s CreekTed Lasso, and What We Do In The Shadows amongst others.

“Sam Masaru Sekoff is a tremendous champion of underrepresented voices and unwavering advocate for the artists he represents. We are thrilled to bring his undeniable eye for talent and storytelling into the fold at Range,” said Range Partner Mackenzie Condon Roussos.


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Tim Duncan was one of greatest power forwards in NBA history, but he won’t tell you about it

Tim Duncan exited the NBA the same he entered it – as a starter for the San Antonio Spurs with a selfless, team-first commitment to winning and an aversion for the spotlight.

He evolved as a player and person over a remarkable career that lasted nearly two decades, but those core values never wavered as Duncan developed into one of the best power forwards in basketball history.

Duncan – a  force offensively and defensively — averaged 19 points, 10.8 rebounds, three assists and 2.2 blocks in 19 seasons that included five NBA titles, 15 All-Star appearances, 15 All-NBA selections, 15 All-Defensive teams, three Finals MVPs, two regular-season MVPs and rookie of the year.

“It’s all a combination of a competitiveness on my own part, a love for playing the game, hating losing – that’s a big one, I don’t think gets enough credit – and an organization committed to putting the best things in place to give a city, a team, a player like myself to win year in, year out,” Duncan told in the only interview he gave before his mandatory Hall of Fame press conference.

U.S.' Hoyer hopes to bring bill on Jan. 6 attack on Capitol to House floor next week

FILE PHOTO: U.S. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) speaks to reporters in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., December 16, 2020. REUTERS/Erin Scott

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Tuesday he hopes to bring up a bill next week establishing a commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, but said this would depend on the outcome of talks between a leading Democrat, Representative Bennie Thompson, and a Republican, Representative John Katko.

‘Slow Burn’ Spinoff ‘One Year’ Podcast Set At Slate

Slate’s Slow Burn podcast, which has covered subjects such as Watergate and Bill Clinton’s impeachment, is one of the most successful documentary podcasts in the market.

It will soon have its first spinoff, or offshoot.

One Year will focus on a specific year in history and will look at all of the things that you forgot happened within the same 12 month span. The first season will cover 1977. Some stories you think you know but you really don’t. Others you’ve forgotten entirely or never knew at all. One Year dives deep into politics, culture, sports, and technology, showing us where we came from and how we got where we are today.

It will be hosted by Josh Levin, Slate’s national editor who hosted season four of Slow Burn as well as its sports podcast Hang Up and Listen.

It comes after Slate launched season five of Slow Burn, The Road To The Iraq War, in April, and is prepping season six, which will cover the LA riots and the story of Rodney King, which will launch in the fall.

It joins recent launches such as A Word With Jason Johnson, ICYMI and Mission: Interplanetary.  

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